Formatting and Markdown Guide Lyrics
Annotations should always be formatted with markdown. Annotations can become difficult to edit if they're stylized with HTML instead of markdown. The annotations below contain the most important formatting techniques and examples of how to properly use them:
- Block quotes and quotation marks
- Image captions
- Escape markdown characters: * # / ( ) [ ] < >
If you’re looking for general information about how to annotate take a look at our guide, “How to Annotate and Edit on Genius”
Song pages don’t require too much HTML knowledge, but there are a few instances where you’ll need to add a little formatting:
- Italics and bold
- Force titles/artists to start with a lowercase letter
- Extending/Moving Annotations
For an in-depth look at transcribing take a look at our guide, “How to Add Songs to Genius”
Formatting In The Forums
Lyrics, texts and annotations can make use of some basic HTML tags for additional formatting, listed below.
Using Genius is intuitive, but it helps to understand some basic formatting. This page is meant to help guide you on when and where to use markdown and HTML on the site.
For a detailed breakdown of how to annotate and edit, take a look at this guide.
To learn how to climb the ranks and unlock more permissions, take a look at this guide.
If you’re most interested in adding songs to the site, makes sure to look at this guide.
If you have a question that you can’t find an answer to anywhere else, this page may be helpful.
Happy annotating! If you need to speak a community staff member about something, send a message to @sarinacarr or @streetlights.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the song and explore its deeper meaning
Question boxes don’t have rich formatting or new paragraphs—only answers do.
We prefer to use markdown in annotations, and HTML for formatting lyrics on song pages.
Paste the link to the tweet on a line by itself, like so:
this turns into: